Have you ever gotten angry during a flight, because something went wrong? This phenomenon is called “air rage” and is not so uncommon. Imagine the misfortune of flying with an annoying kid or a smelly neighbour next to you… And that’s just some of the stories that inspired us to list the top reasons that can ruin your flight!
Your flight is delayed
Let’s imagine your flight takes off at 6:00am - you have to wake up early or not sleep at all as you fear you’ll miss the alarm, take a cab with your 23kg luggage and hope to get to the airport on time. You arrive there as planned, only to see that your flight will be delayed by 3 hours… Worse, the airline didn’t bother to come up with a better excuse than “operational reasons”. At least the airline is required to take care of you: you might get a tasty sandwich as a compensation, just as one of the angry tweeters we spotted did.
The overhead bin space is already taken
Now that you’re finally on board, the flight attendant greets you with an all-but-natural smile that makes you hate her right from the start. You squeeze your way through the narrow path to your seat, manage to lift your heavy handbag and… realise there’s absolutely no space left in the overhead bin. Oh snap!
A tip from ClaimCompass: Better make sure your carry-on baggage respects the airline’s guidelines before you arrive at the airport.
The kid sitting behind you is a kickboxing enthusiast
You’ve barely put your seatbelt on and you already feel a rather energetic massage starting. If you think this is because you’re flying first class, you’re mistaken: it’s just the kid behind you that is planning to make the most of this flight and catch up on the kickboxing lessons he’s missed.
Your neighbour is a snorer!
Your friendly neighbour is taking a relaxing, yet loud nap and you regret not having your earplugs. In addition to that, he’s now mistaking you for a comfy pillow and starts to slowly lean towards you. You know what’s going to happen but cannot do anything about it: at some point, his sweaty head delicately lands on your shoulder.
The screen blocker...
You try to find comfort in the few good TV shows available on the entertainment system in front of you. As you start feeling better about this flight, the guy in front of you hangs his jacket on the back of his seat. The alternative: a long-haired woman. You can kiss the screen goodbye.
… who is also feeling sleepy
As you regain your composure thanks to your yoga teacher’s lessons, the TV blocker suddenly moves their seat back - it seems like they’re going to keep it this way for the rest of the flight. Hang on, you’re halfway there.
Can’t I get a little peace?
The flight attendant was kind enough to give you a sedative so you would finally get some rest. But even that isn’t enough when the baby on board decides to show its dissatisfaction with the customer service by crying out loud.
Time for a well-deserved drink
The flight attendant is passing through the alley with a cart and you realise how desperately you need a drink. As she starts pouring you a glass, the plane hits turbulence and the drink ends up on your shirt rather than in your stomach. You start wishing the flight had been cancelled at the last minute - at least, you might have been entitled to up to €600.
Next stop: the restroom
You put on your brightest smile to tell her that “It’s nothing, it happens”, and head towards the restrooms to clean yourself up. You lock the door and turn on the tap which, obviously, is leaking - so now both your shirt and pants are wet. You don’t even bother worrying about getting back to your seat and decide to stay here until the end of the flight. At least in the restroom, nothing else can happen…
Have you ever experienced some of these misadventures? We honestly hope no one had to go through all of them in a single flight!.
Stay tuned for more fun stories and cool tips on flight travel!